Due to the war that has laid waste on Syria, the Kurdish city of Kobane, located in the Rojava region, at the frontier with Turkey, has been under the siege of Daesh militias (the so-called Isis). Equipped with heavy artillery, the terrorists shelled the city and cut it off from the rest of the world. After four months of relentless fighting, Kobane was won back by the Kurdish YPG (an acronym whose translation means People’s Protection Units). While the fight was raging on, many people sought sanctuary over the border in Turkey. Across the border, people were watching in horror as the war unfolded but managed also to forge bonds of solidarity with those fleeing from Kobane.
- Special Mention for Prix Interreligieux - Visions du Réel
Reyan Tuvi was born in 1967. She studied English language and literature at Bogazici University and has her master’s degree on documentary production from a university in England. She started working as a licenced tour guide in 1989. Her specialty is Istanbul on which she has a certificate of specialization. She also directs and produces TV documentaries. She won the ‘Best First Documentary Golden Orange Award’ at Golden Orange Film Festival in Antalya (equivalent of the Oscars in Turkey). She is also interested in hiking, professional photograpy and dance.